How much is your GL1100 worth to you?

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How much is your GL1100 worth to you?

Post by ram11397 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:35 am

my 82 when i got it was held together with bungee cords and it was/is a crap shoot on the nuts and bolts screws etc some are metric others are SAE.So i try to replace with OEM parts most are second hand but the motor is sound just 70,000 miles on it. I have spent more on the bike than i would ever get for it but for me if it blew up tomorrow i have had my monies worth plus learnt a lot about goldwings on this site. I have enjoyed every minute riding it. So in reality the bike around here would sale for $1000-$1200 if you are lucky. I paid $500 spend about $1500 on it in the 5-6 years i have had it, to me priceless lol


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Re: How much is your GL1100 worth to you?

Post by NVSB4 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:02 pm

I've felt the same way about some of the other bikes and cars that I've had.

You summed it up pretty well in that you can't put a monetary value on the enjoyment and learning experiences that you received back out of it.

Now if you had spent $10k on a bike that would only sell for $2k, I'd probably have a different take on the situation. :D
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Re: How much is your GL1100 worth to you?

Post by tom84std » Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:19 pm

My first Goldwing was a 79 with 24,000 when I bought it. Stored in a garage for a long time but it was fairly well kept. There were many small things I had to do to it including carb rebuild, minor repairs and expendables, valve job, seat replacement and general fitting it out with bags and trunk. After a couple of months getting things ready, we proceeded to just ride the thing for many miles without any trouble at all except for a couple of very minor issues. It was an overall very good experience and we were more than happy with the bike. I like to say that I felt about that bike the way a cowboy must have felt about a favorite horse. While contemplating getting into a Goldwing, my brother emphasized that a GL1000 is as reliable and as capable of long distance touring as a new one. He was correct. I doubt that even Honda knew exactly what they were creating when they built the first one. The flagship of the fleet I believe.

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